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Snowdrop walk in Norfolk private garden for sight loss charity

PUBLISHED: 12:04 06 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:04 06 February 2018

Snowdrops on the grounds of Lexham Hall. Picture: SENT IN BY NNAB

Snowdrops on the grounds of Lexham Hall. Picture: SENT IN BY NNAB

SENT IN BY NNAB

Nature lovers will be able to admire spectacular snowdrops at a private garden in aid of a sight loss charity.

The gardens of Lexham Hall at East Lexham, are open to the public on Sunday February 18.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB).

The Lexham Hall gardens, owned by the Foster family, are not normally open to the public.

But for one day only people will be able to enjoy the ground’s many snowdrops and aconites between 11am and 4pm.

Donna Minto, fundraiser at the NNAB, said: “Lexham Hall is a beautiful and historic building surrounded by spacious gardens which are home to thousands of snowdrops, and this is a rare chance to see this spectacular display.

“We are extremely grateful to the Foster family for agreeing to open up their private gardens to visitors, and for supporting the work the NNAB does to help visually-impaired people throughout the county.”

Originally laid out in the 18th century, the formal gardens at Lexham Hall were totally destroyed during the Second World War.

They were redesigned and replanted between 1948 and 1986 by Mrs William Foster with the help of Dame Sylvia Crowe and Jim Russell.

The gardens contains many hundreds of different species of plants, shrubs and trees.

It has been planted to provide winter interest with early flowering, scented shrubs and flowering bulbs.

Entry to the Lexham snowdrop walk is £6, with under 12s free. People can pay on the day.

The NNAB will also be providing teas, coffees, soup and homemade cakes and scones.

Set up 213 years ago, the NNAB is Britain’s fifth oldest association for the visually impaired and blind in the United Kingdom.

It relies on volunteers and donations.

The NNAB’s overall aim is to help Norfolk’s 20,000 people with poor sight remain independent and confident.

In Norwich, the NNAB has a residential home for 37 residents and 20 supported living flats for people with visual impairment.

It also has volunteers in Norfolk’s four hospital eye clinics.

For more information about the NNAB charity visit www.nnab.org.uk

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